Abdalaziz Alhamza

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently

Abdalaziz Alhamza is award-winning Syrian journalist, human rights defender and activist living in Germany. He is the founder and spokesperson of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) which is a nonpartisan, independent news page that exposes the atrocities committed by the Bashar Al-Assad regime in Syria.

Alhamza started non-volatile protests and demonstrations against the Syrian regime in 2011 and was arrested by the regime three times in 2012. The Islamic State Group (ISIS) interrogated him more than one time about his activism. After ISIS took control of his hometown, Raqqa in January 2014, he escaped to Turkey and started RBSS with his friends to show the reality of life in Raqqa and ISIS.

In 2015, Alhamza received the International Press Freedom award by the Committee to Protect Journalists and was named a Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy. In 2016, he was awarded the Ischia International Journalism Award, the Civil Courage Prize and other awards on behalf of RBSS.

Alhamza graduated with a degree in biochemistry from Raqqa University.